My Child's First Gyncology Office Visit
When you first arive at Children’s you will register your child in the admitting area. Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration and remember to bring your insurance cards and co-pay with you. Because many different caregivers see patients in our clinics at the same time your child may not be called in the order of arrival. Rather, you will be seen in the order of your appointment time.
To begin, a nurse or medical assistant will measure your child’s weight, height, and blood pressure. You may be asked about allergies and current medications; it may help to write these down and bring to the appointment.
Your child may be asked to provide a urine sample privately in the bathroom.
In a private exam room, a gynecologist or the nurse practitioner will review your child’s medical history and talk with you about any concerns you or your child may have.
During the exam the parent may be asked to step out of the exam room and into the waiting area. This allows both your child and the gynecologist or the nurse practitioner to discuss in an open, honest, accurate, and compassionate manner any concerns, while respecting patient and physician professional confidentiality. Remember, we always encourage open communication between teens and their parents.
If an examination is necessary, your daughter will be given the option to have the exam performed in private, or with you in the room. The examination is complete, but generally concentrates on abdomen, pelvis, and outer genital area. We are respectful and gentle in interacting with patients regarding this potentially anxious experience.
After the examination, the gynecologist or the nurse practitioner will discuss recommendations and treatment options with you and your child. Each of you will have a chance to ask questions and make you own decision about treatment.